RESOLUTION NO. RS2005-926
A resolution requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to introduce and enact the necessary legislation to make criminal littering a felony.
WHEREAS, Nashville and Davidson County has a serious problem with illegal dumping along the public right-of-way and on private property; and
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Department of Public Works has increased its efforts to help eliminate illegal dumping within the area of the Metropolitan Government through increased clean-up and enabling citizens to make on-line dumping reports; and
WHEREAS, Tennessee Code Annotated §39-14-502 provides that the act of knowingly placing litter on public or private property without permission is a criminal offense; and
WHEREAS, Criminal Littering is currently designated as a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $200.00 for a first offense, and $500.00 for subsequent offenses, plus designated hours of required litter removal; and
WHEREAS, increasing the punishment for illegal dumping would serve as a deterrent to prevent this unhealthy crime that harms the quality of life of Nashville's citizens and deteriorates our neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Tennessee General Assembly enact legislation to designate criminal littering as a felony.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to introduce and enact the necessary legislation to make criminal littering a felony.
Section 2. That the Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to each member of the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Section 3. That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Ludye
|Referred:||Public Works Committee|
|Introduced:||August 2, 2005|
|Adopted:||August 2, 2005|
|Returned Unsigned by the Mayor:||August 3, 2005|